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Spyware firm NSO seeks court sanctions against Facebook

Israel’s NSO Group is asking a California judge to sanction Facebook Inc for allegedly failing to abide by international law with regards to its lawsuit against the spyware m...

Apple

Coronavirus: Apple pulls out of South by Southwest festival

A spokesman for Apple Inc has announced that the Cupertino, California-based business is pulling out of this month’s South by Southwest music and tech festival amid the coron...

Chinese regulators remove 'Plague Inc' game from Apple's China app store

Chinese regulators remove ‘Plague Inc’ game from Apple’s China app store

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – The video game “Plague Inc”, which has surged in popularity amid the coronavirus epidemic, has been removed from Apple’s China ...

China

Tencent, Sina apps targeted in Chinese privacy crackdown

BEIJING (Reuters) – China has criticised 41 apps including Tencent messaging app QQ and Sina’s sports app for allegedly forcing users to hand over personal data, part o...

Twitch

Russia blocks Premier League broadcasts by Amazon’s Twitch

MOSCOW (Reuters) – A court in Russia has blocked access to English Premier League game broadcasts by Amazon’s Twitch after Russia’s Rambler Media Group said it wo...

Strava

Fitness app Strava registers a million new users per month

Reuters – A million people a month are signing up for the San Francisco-based fitness-tracking social network app Strava, which now tracks activity trends of 48 million peopl...

esports

Esports: Renault harnesses real F1 resources for virtual success

ENSTONE, England (Reuters) – Jarno Opmeer once trained in the Renault team gym as a junior academy driver and now the Dutch racer is back at the factory facility, preparing f...

Big Tech

Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple offer defence in congressional antitrust probe

WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Four top U.S. tech companies, Alphabet’s Google, Facebook, Amazon.com and Apple, responded to questions from a congressional commit...

Apple

Apple could raise annual ad income to $11 billion by 2025: JPMorgan

(Reuters) – The launch of Apple TV+, coupled with Apple Inc’s foray into digital services, could help the company increase its income from advertising by more than five...

Big Data

Personal? Private? No such thing in data-hungry world

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Personal data reveals a slew of secrets about friends and family so regulators should stop fixating on individual privacy and safeguard ...

ByteDance sign

China orders ByteDance’s Toutiao to fix search, saying national hero smeared

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s internet regulator ordered ByteDance news app Jinri Toutiao to clean up its search engine, saying the search function threw up “slande...

London

Focus on people as well as profit, business leaders told

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Consumers have the power to make companies behave better and look beyond the bottom line, business leaders and activists said on Wednesd...

Big Tech

Where US presidential candidates stand on breaking up Big Tech

Reuters – In the run-up to the 2020 presidential election, America’s big tech companies are being challenged on many fronts from across the political spectrum, from ant...